French Toast Recipe

The wonderful cookbook The Silver Palate has an over-the-top French toast recipe. By using croissants instead of regular bread, and cream instead of milk, it is enough to harden anyone's arteries. I prefer a slightly healthier version of French toast, but still using the Triple Sec and orange zest that gives the Silver Palate recipe its punch.

5 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup Triple Sec
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
8 thick slices of day-old bread, better if slightly stale
Maple syrup
Fresh berries

1 Beat eggs and milk together. Add the Triple Sec, orange zest, and cinnamon. Whisk until well blended. Pour into a shallow bowl.

2 Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture, allowing bread to soak up some of the mixture. Melt some butter (or use vegetable oil) over a skillet on medium high heat. Add as many slices of bread onto the skillet as will fit at a time. Fry until brown on both sides, flipping the bread when necessary.

3 Serve hot with butter, maple syrup, and fresh berries.

Serves 4.

I like it with Mimosas, just because.